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NSA lab analyzes process models Ravi K. Chitilla Editor-in-Chief
The $60 million NSA-funded Laboratory for Analytic Sciences has received national attention for the association between the government agency and a University, but more importantly, it has become a model for the type of interdisciplinary research it conducts, according to Randy Avent, an associate vice chancellor for research development and the principal investigator of the lab. The announcement of the collaboration between N.C. State and the NSA, which took place last August, came only a few months after former NSA contractor Edward Snowden leaked documents about the agency’s methods of wiretapping and surveillance. Almost a year later, the research the lab conducts spans across the
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NAACP, other parties lobby General Assembly for medicaid expansion Estefania Castro-Vasquez Assistant News Editor
North Carolina citizens and politicians from both ends of the political spectrum gathered June 3 outside the Legislative Building to lobby for Medicaid expansion in order to provide for people in the coverage gap.
The decision to not accept federal funds to expand Medicaid left more than 500,000 people w it hout hea lt hc a re, accord i ng to the lobbyists’ information pamphlet. “There are some things that are not left or right or Democratic or Republican or conservative or liberal,” said Rev. William Barber, President of the North Carolina NAACP. “They’re
just right. They’re the moral thing to do.” “They are forgetting it’s about life and de at h,” s a id B el h aven Mayor, Ad a m O’Neal. “It’s on a plane above politics.” O’Neal said he was a Republican, but no party was right all the time, and though he agreed
Talley Student Union construction continues Katherine Waller Correspondent
Talley Student Union, currently undergoing its final phase of renovation, has recently progressed in construction and several anticipated projects are nearing their final completion dates. Tim Hogan, N.C. State’s director of the student centers, said if construction continues on schedule, students should anticipate Phase II to open during spring 2015. “So far there are no complications,” Hogan said. Phase II includes the renovation of the original Talley, as well as the two new additions to the south that are located across from Carmichael Gym on Cates Avenue. Hogan said the walls both interior and exterior of the existing structure are almost completely framed. The East Stairs, the main exit stairs closest to Reynolds Coliseum, have also been completed this summer, Hogan said. “The monumental stairs in the main atrium are to be installed later in the summer,” Hogan said. “These stairs are the main stairs in the four-story, open atrium space in the middle of the building. These stairs are open and visible throughout the main area of the building.” Hogan said the new student organization areas will be completed later this summer. Campus groups
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Construction workers with Rodgers Builders work on Talley Student Union along Cates Ave. Tuesday afternoon. Phase II is scheduled to be completed Spring 2015.
that will be housed in the areas can expect to use the facilities beginning next semester. The student organization areas are intended to house the 600-plus student organizations on campus. These new spaces are f lexible to house different sized groups, and contain furniture and technology to encourage collaboration and to make every presentation an ideal experience for both the presenter and the audience, according to the
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Researchers combat peanut allergies
Honors director reflects on 11 years of growth
University Theatre launches series of summer productions
State soccer players participate in USMNT camp
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Gov. Pat McCrory signed a major piece of legislation June 4 on Centennial Campus that is expected to open doors to expedite shale gas exploration and fracking in North Carolina. “Now, for the first time, North Carolina is getting into energy exploration,” McCrory said. “North Carolina has been sitting on the sidelines for too long.” With this new law, North Carolina state officials will be able to begin issuing fracking permits after the N.C. Mining and Energy Commission completes about 120 safety rules, which could be as early as March. If lawmakers debate, revise and send back the Commission’s proposed safety rules, however, it could take until the fall of next year for fracking permits to begin being issued, The News & Observer reported. Budget proposals from both McCrory and the Senate include hiring energy companies to assess the presence and quality of underground natural gas by drilling vertical test wells, according to The N&O. The senate’s budget proposal would include spending about $1.2 million to aid the energy sector by drilling, marketing and analysis. Once the state budget is finalized, the areas to be drilled will be determined. The Senate’s budget passed last week and sent it to the state House, which is expected to discuss its own budget next week. John Skvarla, secretary of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, told The N&O the vertical well drilling
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with and appreciated some concerns regarding the expansion, he would not allow any hospitals to close because of political ideologies. “You can’t let hospitals close and people die to make a point,” O’Neal said. Barber cited Arkansas as an example of a conservative state that has expanded Medicaid 100 percent, saying that something similar could be done in North Carolina. House minority leader Larry Hall said Medicaid ex pa nsion cou ld create 25,000 jobs in areas where he said it is most important as a time when the state is struggling to create jobs. Hall said without Medicaid ex pa nsion, Nor t h Carolina could also lose healthcare professionals to neighboring states and that reforming existing measures would not be sufficient. “If we are going to reform this Medicaid program, we need to reform and expand,” Hall said. North Carolina Sen. Angela Bryant said it is important to address the bad image associated with Medicaid as something only beneficial to lower-class people. “We have to attack this notion of Medicaid as the enemy,” Bryant said. “Medicaid is being used as an excuse for everything that is happening in our state. There’s no attention to the fact that we have these tax giveaways.” Alison Kiser, director of public affairs at Planned Parenthood, said that as a provider of vital services, Planned Parenthood supports the expansion of Medicaid. Planned Parenthood served as a location for people looking for help to enroll in services through the Affordable Care Act. Kiser said
The National Security Administration has established the Laboratory for Analytic Sciences in the Poulton Innovation Center, shown here Tuesday, May 27, 2014.
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Rev. William Barber speaks at a press conference as part of the Medicaid Expansion Lobby Day in front of the NC General Assembly building Wednesday in downtown Raleigh.
people at Planned Parenthood witnessed firsthand the number of people who fell into the coverage gap. “It’s a sad situation when you have to make a choice,” Kiser said. “Do I put gas in my car and food on the table or pay medical bills?” I n Nor t h C a rol i na, Planned Parenthood sees about 25,000 people every year, and about 70 percent of these people are uninsured, according to Kiser. There is currently a bill in the House of Representatives as well as one in the senate that, if passed, would expand Medicaid, according to Kiser. O’Neal said hospitals like Vidant Pungo Hospital are in danger of closing and that this would severely hurt North Carolinians living in the rural area
serviced by the hospital. Though there are conc e r n s t h at Me d ic a id funding could be turned over to the states, O’Neal said that shouldn’t stop legislators from approving Medicaid expansion now, as they could later lobby at the federal level. Barber said that in order to refor m, expa n sion wa s needed . “You c a n’t refor m w h at y ou’ve a l re a d y broken,” Ba rber sa id. After the press conference, people, among them several doctors, entered the legislative building to speak in person with legislators.
10 colleges at the University and has funded about 90 research grants. “The NSA is the largest employer of mathematicians in the United States,” Avent said. “The NSA has enough mathematicians, statisticians and engineers. What they’re really looking for are researchers in the humanities.” Avent said the agency is now looking to tackle problems in a new, multidisciplinary way. Thirty-five percent of the funded research is being conducted by researchers in the College of Engineering. However, the second-largest college in terms of research grants is the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, which represents 13 percent of the research funding. CHASS has a larger section of the research contract than the College of Sciences, which is home to many of the school’s data analysts, mathematicians
and applied statisticians. “Our work is more about ‘how do people make decisions?’ than ‘what is the topological analysis of that set of data,’” Avent said. “What separates a good analyst from one that is not so good? Is it the tools? Is it the workflow? How much value is there in analysts collaborating?” Avent said big-data-problems have long been a challenge for the U.S. government. “Big data has been a hot topic for the defense department many, many years,” Avent said. “How do you exploit the data and make decisions? The NSA came to the conclusion they were making slow progress, and wanted to try something different. They wanted a new set of people, and they decided to go to the university to get a taste of the innovative thinking that goes on there.” The emphasis of the laboratory’s projects concentrate much more on a technique called narrative processing, which is understanding how events and ideas can lead to different outcomes rather than complicated math problems, according to Avent.
Avent said these problems are analogous to analyzing a script of a movie, learning all of the details of the characters and their motives and then analyzing what likely endings would be. “We’re going to do our homework better than we’ve ever done it before,” said Michael Wertheimer, the director of research at the NSA to WUNC, regarding the laboratory’s work. “Read the newspaper. Pick any headline on the front page and ask what’s going to happen tomorrow. What’s the headline tomorrow? And if I can answer that right, I can change what that headline’s going to be. And hopefully for the good.” Avent said hard problems, such as those dealt with by the analytics lab, are more interdisciplinary and require more people to be involved with solving them than mathematicians alone. “It’s not all about analysts,” Avent said. “How do graduate students go about solving their theses? What tools do they use? What separates a graduate student who is successful in his thesis from one that is not?”
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Researchers combat peanut allergies Viggy Kumaresan Correspondent
Researchers at N.C. State’s Plants for Human Health Institute have recently developed an ingredient that could potentially help to lessen allergic reactions for people with peanuts allergies. The ingredient is a combination of ingredients found in fruits and vegetables, as well as in peanut flour. This mixture works to hide the proteins that induce allergies and has been effective in tests so far, according to Mary Ann Lila, director of the N.C. State Plants for Human Health Institute. Researchers are hoping the ingredient will soon be able to be tested on mice, and the results look encouraging from what has been seen so far, according to Lila. Much of past peanut allergy research has been solely geared toward the study of polyphenols, biochemical molecules found in plants that showed potential for reducing allergic reactions. However, until about twoand-a-half years ago when Lila and other researches began altering their methods, these treatments all only achieved a mild depression of allergy symptoms, Lila said. Lila and her team got the idea to mix fruit juices with polyphenols, taking advantage of the bonding properties to help mask the deadly allergens. “We had no preconceived notion that this strategy was going to work, so we were thrilled when we found that
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Talley Student Union website. When students arrive back to campus this fall, Hogan said they should expect a completed Technology Tower as well as an operational elevator within the tower. The Technology Tower is the tall metal structure at
the treatment had led to a nice depression of allergy symptoms,” Lila said. Other researchers tried to use enzymatic treatments and genetic modification to make better peanuts, but the research team from N.C. State found a much simpler process with very high efficiency, according to Lila. The enzymatic treatment usually involved the degradation of allergens in peanut kernels, breaking the allergens down into smaller peptides. These smaller proteins wouldn’t retain their binding properties, thus reducing the allergic response in people who consumed the peanut kernels. But although the degradation was successful, the allergic response was not effectively reduced. Another approach was to use genetic engineering to create peanuts that didn’t contain allergens. Though this approach was very appealing to researchers, the procedure itself was complex. Researchers had to enter the genome of peanuts and alter the DNA and RNA, effectively silencing the genes that coded for the allergens. Although this strategy also seemed to have good effects, the effects were not significant enough to call for the repetition of such a tedious process. No matter how promising the research being studied is, researchers and institutes all over the United States are facing tight budgets and limited federal funding, and the Plants for Human Health Institute is no exception.
the end of Talley, on the side closest to One Earth World Cuisine. “The Technology Tower is designed to be an iconic structure on central campus that symbolizes N.C. State’s strong commitment to the STEM disciplines,” Hogan said. “Not only will it house an elevator, but will eventually receive the bridge over the railroad tracks from Broughton Hall to Talley
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A team of scientists in Dr. Mary Ann Lila’s lab at N.C. State’s Plants for Human Health Institute have developed a peanut-based flour that could lessen life-threatening allergic reactions to peanuts.
“The next step is to follow up the research with binding assays, use of human blood samples and mice studies, but funding is the biggest issue,” Lila said. However, despite the funding problems the team has faced here, Lila said it may have found a promising opportunity to continue with the research outside of the U.S. The University of Adelaide in South Australia found the peanut research to be extremely interesting, and it is excited about a solution that does not involve genetically modified organisms, according to Lila. Warwick Arden, provost and executive vice chancellor at N.C. State, is going to make a trip to the University of Adelaide in hopes to
partner with its provost and gather joint money to push the peanut allergy research to the next level. “We are all very appreciative of Provost Warwick’s support, as well as the sup-
port of Bailian Li, the vice provost of international affairs at N.C. State,” Lila said. Other N.C. State scientists working on this project team include Mary Grace, senior researcher in the Depart-
ment of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences, and graduate student Nathalie Plundrich, the project’s research assistant.
Student Union.” Hogan said visitors should stop to look at the frit pattern on the glass exterior of the elevator. Circles with various
pictures of wolves are etched in the elevator’s exterior glass within the Tower, making for a unique aesthetic. Upon the completion of
Phase II in the spring of 2015, the N.C. State Bookstore, offices, meeting rooms and lounges that are currently located in Harrelson Hall will
be moved to Talley Student Union. “Our Wolfpack family will be happy with what they see!” Hogan said.
Maker Faire to be held Saturday
N.C. State will be one of five sponsors for Maker Faire, which is set to take place June 7 on the North Carolina Fairgrounds exhibition center. Maker Faire is a self-proclaimed “celebration of all things made,” according to its website. The independently organized event will bring makers, anyone dedicated to new ideas and inventions, from across the state to celebrate artisans of all sorts. Groups aff iliated with N.C. State, such as Circuit Research Studio, Hunt Li-
brary Makerspace, Entrepreneurship Initiative, and Electrical and Computer Engineering, are scheduled to present their works. Showcased work will include 3D scanner technology and LED-oriented piano lessons. Other sponsors for the event include Shopbot, Spa rk f u n ele c t ron ic s , Make: Makezine.com and Atmel. Anyone interested in the event can purchase tickets online at makerfairenc. com.
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would involve testing several wells on state-owned land. “Let’s find out before we get a lot more into this,” Skvarla said. “No sense spinning our wheels if we don’t think there’s an opportunity there.” The house is likely to sup-
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Treat our teachers better
orth Carolina education has fallen to such poor levels that a school district from Houston, Texas, hosted a job fair offering teaching positions to North Carolina teachers. According to The News & Observer, Houston has boasted a Jacqueline pay $12,000 Lee hig her a nd Staff bonuses of up Columnist to $13,000 a year to teachers whose students have certain test scores. It’s embarrassing that North Carolina lawmakers have lowered pay so much that a school district more than 1,000 miles away can reasonably advertise for teachers to work there. North Carolina ranks 47th in the nation for teacher pay, according to The N&O. Lawmakers need to implement policies that support teachers rather than lower their morale. Otherwise, the future of education here is very bleak. The new Senate budget includes a plan to raise teacher pay by 11.2 percent, provided they give up their tenure. It’s great teachers’ pay will be raised, but it’s wrong to make them choose between that and their constitutional right to tenure.
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“No. They’ve worked long enough for tenure, so it shouldn’t matter.” Courtney Leighton, sophomore, nutrition science
When a law passed in 2013 took away teachers’ tenure, it was soon deemed unconstitutional. Lawmakers are currently trying to get around this ruling by leaving the decision to the teachers. Currently, tenured teachers need evidence from their performance as to why an institution wants to fire them, should it want to do so. There’s no reason to make teachers choose between a pay raise and having a sense of job security. Teacher morale in North Carolina is so low right now that job opportunities such as those presented in the Houston job fair seem like legitimate possibilities. Who could blame them, though, when according to NPR, their pay has been nearly $10,000 less than the national average for educators nationwide? This seems more like an election-time ploy for Republican lawmakers to gain a better image, instead of a well-thought-out plan to help teachers in a meaningful and significant way. In North Carolina, there should be incentives offered to those who have been teaching a long time instead of the opposite. Baiting teachers with a pay raise in exchange for a right they are entitled to
is constitutionally wrong, as decided in 2013. The Wake County Public School System warned that the pay raise would likely result in job layoffs, according to The N&O. The school system warned that it would cause cuts to the education system, such as with driver education and the bus service. The budget for teaching assistants would also be cut in half. In February when lawmakers made many changes to public education, NPR reported, “No state has seen a more dramatic decrease in teacher salary rankings in the past 10 years…” It doesn’t make sense at all that lawmakers obviously aren’t making the education of the next generation of North Carolinians a top priority. How will North Carolina ever have plenty of good teachers if their pay continues on its downward spiral and if they’re drawn to employment opportunities in other states? If this doesn’t improve, it makes me wonder if I’d want my future children to get an education in North Carolina. At this rate, the answer is no.
James Knight, freshman in art and design
Mental health reform would save lives
eadlines of mass killings are becoming too familiar in the United States. Barely a year has passed since the tragic massacre in Newtown, Conn., when a young man Sophie suffering with Nelson mental illness Staff and a history Columnist of chronic anger murdered six people and injured 13 others. It would be easy to place all the blame on gun availability, however, the fundamental cause of these rampages can be attributed to the failure of the mental health system. In the latest homicide near the University of California, Santa Barbara in Isla Vista carried out by Elliot Rodger, the law was adhered to. Rodger’s parents were fully aware of their son’s major mental health problems and acquired treatment for him since he was in elementary school. They increased that treatment as his mental health visibly deteriorated as a teenager. According to Rodgers’ memoirs, he received treatment from multiple health professionals who prescribed him anti-psychotic drugs. California is considered one of the states with the
“Do you think teachers should have to give up their tenure in order to receive pay raises?”
“No. My mother is a teacher, and she’s been teaching for about ten years now. I don’t think that she should have to give up something that she’s been doing for a long time in order to get a pay raise.” Charity Lackey, sophomore at UNC-CH, nursing
“Not really, no. They worked for tenure. There are a limited amount of spots available, so I think they should be able to keep it.” Andrew Jakubiak, sophomore, zoology
strictest gun laws in the United States. Rodgers purchased his semi-automatic weapons legally. Only a criminal record, treatment at a mental health hospital or involuntary commitment would have hindered him. The problem arises when treatment for mental illness does not prevent the sale of guns, which urges for stricter mental health laws. It is a travesty that a single act such as Rodgers’ could have been avoided, especially considering that he publically posted a video of himself that illustrated his delusion and violent thoughts.
“...we’ll be faced with more headlines of vulnerable people who commit unspeakable violence.” Current mental health laws allow patients the right to self-determine mental illness. It is incomprehensible to have a system of laws that puts mental health decisions in the control of unstable. California’s law states that one can only involuntarily commit someone who is deemed an immediate threat
to him or herself, or an immediate threat to someone else. The hold can only last for 72 hours, so once that time is over and there is no extreme threat, the person is released. According to the National Alliance of Mental Health, one in four adults, or approximately 61.5 million Americans, experience mental illness in a given year. The system needs to be transformed so the power belongs to the professionals, the caregivers and the police. In addition to this, there needs to be a reduced standard of what is classified as ‘harm’ for an involuntary hold in all states and a much longer stay than 72 hours. When the authorities are called on to perform a wellbeing check, they need to be given the power, the means and the authority to carry out a thorough check. The check would ideally consist of a full search of the person’s home and social media accounts. If the condition of mental health remains the same, the mentally ill and their families will be dealing with their demons alone, and we’ll be faced with more headlines of vulnerable people who commit unspeakable violence.
An optimistic look at capitalism
here are economics books that are regarded as inf luential, such as Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations. But very few economics books have spawned heated debate and drawn as much attent ion a s Thomas Piketty’s recent work, Capital in the Ziyi Mai Twenty-First Staff Columnist Century. Growing up, Piketty’s intellectual role models included French historians and philosophers of the left, rather than economists. His leftist background might lead people to doubt his scholarly understanding of income inequality. However, Piketty, who teaches at the Paris School of Economics, has been studying inequality for
nearly two decades. The French economist uses data extensively and heavily to show the importance of capital accumulation in enhancing income equality in history. The central theme of his idea is that the share of capital in national income has consistently increased throughout the years, whereas wages and labor income have been declining, making income inequality larger than ever. For example, the share of income going toward wages and other forms of labor compen s at ion d ropped from 68 percent in 1970 to 62 percent in 2010, a decline costing close to $1 trillion. In other words, the growth rate of capital return has been consistently higher than wage rates or even economic growth, which is the reason that wealth concentrates. In contrast to conventional
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wisdom, Piketty argues that the so-called “Golden Age,” from 1945 to 1973 was in fact an exception in history in which incomes converged, allowing the living standards of the masses to increase steadily. But “the forces of divergence can at any point regain the upper hand, as seems to be happening now, at the beginning of the twenty-first century,” he writes. And, if current trends continue, “the consequences for the long-term dynamics of the wealth distribution are potentially terrifying.” Piketty’s concerns remind us of Karl Marx, the foremost scholar of the flaws in capitalism who predicted the system would bury itself due to the nature of capital as a way of exploitation of the laborers. It is true that an open and free market environment governed by rule of law will inevitably drive income in-
equality because agents in this environment compete with one another given their heterogeneous talents and efforts. If Piketty recognizes substantial differences in terms of talents and efforts between humans, he would not be surprised that compensation for those factors should differ. In the late 19th century, countries in Western Europe and the United States rapidly developed enormous sectors of various manufacturers that became potential sources of explosive growth in the area of financial intermediates. These industries gobbled up large sums of capital to expand, calling for a financial system from which they could borrow capital to finance their investment. The birth of the stock market and other forms of financial markets have not only met the needs of industry, but
also provided a new way for people to accumulate wealth. Piketty argues that the top 10 percent of households in the developed world own large amounts of financial assets other than just high income. But he doesn’t seem to acknowledge that the choice of personal finance is also a reflection of differences between individual people. Smart people tend to diversify their source of income, earning a higher average return whereas risk-averse people tend to put their surpluses into saving accounts, letting inflation erode the purchasing power of their wealth. Pi ke t t y ’s me t hod for studying income, however, is questionable. It is a static method that only looks at the numbers of distributions of wealth, instead of looking at the likelihood that those with low income might become rich through their hard
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work and adventurous spirits. There are plenty of examples in the U.S. showing that the channel for the poor to become rich is still kept open. Unlike Karl Marx, Piketty doesn’t think capitalism is doomed. But the terrifying consequences that he describes are less likely to happen even in the long-term. Strong protection of private property, an independent judiciary system and effective law-enforcement support the system of capitalism in a way that makes it functional. As long as these foundations exist, the tolerance of income inequality will strengthen, and jealousy of the wealthy has little room to linger.
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Keeping an eye out for harmful chemicals Sara Awad Staff Writer
Pick up any product and take a look at the ingredients listed on the back. Most contain a long list with even longer words unknown to our vocabularies and with unknown effects on our bodies. In recent years, consumers have followed all kinds of green movements with an aim to use organic products with natural ingredients to reduce the risk of exposure to harmful chemicals. However, chemistry professor James Martin said the real problem lies in a lack of scientific literacy among the public. “As a chemist, when people are making the claim that something is organic or all-natural, I find that ironic at best and misleading at worst,” Martin said. “There are a lot of natural products that are really pretty toxic, and there are plenty of man-made chemicals which are made based on discoveries from natural products. For example, there may be some leaf used as some ancient medicinal tea from which the active compound can be identified and synthesized such that its manufacture can be accomplished without necessarily growing it in the tree.” Based on this reasoning, it becomes difficult to draw the line between natural and synthetic products, according to Martin. Additionally, some organic pesticides cause the same amount of harm as synthetic pesticides. What to watch out for The toxicity of a chemical depends on many factors, including its form, Martin said. In Erin Brockovich, a film that tells the true story of a lawyer who exposed a water contamination cover-up in California, poisonous chromium-6 had leeched into the water supply, causing residents to become ill. Pacific Gas & Electric, which caused the contamination, claimed chromium posed no threat to the community by basing its evidence on the harmless chromium-3, according to Martin. Aluminum follows a similar story.
Hydrous aluminum chloride, the active ingredient found in most deodorants, has a low risk of causing problems as a topical agent, despite the claim some websites such as NaturalNews.com make about the link between aluminum absorbed through the skin and breast cancer, according to Martin. On the other hand, anhydrous aluminum chloride, a chemical Martin said he uses in the lab, does irritate the skin. In terms of unwanted chemicals seeping through the skin, products with nanoparticles in them have a higher risk for absorption due to the smaller size of the particles, Martin said. According to Ken Kretchman, director of Environmental Health and Safety, unintended interactions between chemicals may also pose problems.
“There are plenty of man-made chemicals which are made based on discoveries from natural products.” James Martin, professor of chemistry
“There is an example of one person who had a pool and mixed two chemicals together,” Kretchman said. “In this case, there were two different pool chemicals that needed to be added to their pool, and to basically save some time he decided he’d mix those two chemicals together and handed it to his child, actually, to carry out and dump into the pool and, as you might imagine, the container exploded on the way to the pool and it splashed onto the eyes of the child. The parent threw his child into the pool and flushed out his eyes there…” Linseed oil, another harmless product by itself, is used as a coating on furniture to protect it from the sun. It will result in the spontaneous heating of rags used on the
surface of furniture, and if the heat cannot dissipate, it may ignite the rag after some time, according to Kretchman. Other cleaning products consumers should use carefully include coil cleaners for air conditioners containing hydrofluoric acid and drain cleaners containing various caustic and corrosive liquids, with some even containing high concentrations of sulfuric acid, Kretchman said. Inhaling chemicals Another problem arises when people inhale chemicals, such as methylene chloride found in paint strippers. This is because inside the body, methylene chloride metabolizes into the hazardous gas carbon monoxide, according to Kretchman. “There’s an old case where someone came out of the hospital after some heart surgery and stayed away from work based on doctor’s orders to stay home, take it easy and do something non-strenuous, which in this case was refinishing furniture,” Kretchman said. “He smeared a lot of paint stripper containing methylene chloride on his furniture in his poorly ventilated garage and ended up through that conversion to carbon monoxide, with tissues starved for oxygen. The body’s reaction was to move more blood and increase breathing rate, increasing his vapor intake, converting to more carbon monoxide, and due to this vicious cycle resulted in readmission to the hospital with a relapse of his heart problem.” Even fragrances from artificial odorants, such as perfumes, scented lotion, air fresheners and candles, create problems for people with sensitivities, such as allergies and asthma, according to Kretchman, causing the University itself to discourage their usage. Part of the problem is that these products can contain anywhere from 50 to 300 chemicals to create the fragrance, according to “The Safety Assessment of Fragrance Materials,” a 2003 article in the journal of Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology. According to the Federal Drug Administration, it does not regulate all of these chemicals.
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Furnitutre cleaners, candles, deodorants and scented lotions contain various chemicals that can cause harm to consumers. These chemicals are toxic and are considered dangerous in labs.
In one case study, the Environmental Protection Agency discovered an air freshener containing a pheromone that attracts cockroaches, Kretchman said. “The people that sold the odorant also sold roach traps, so that was a wonderful little marketing ploy,” Kretchman said. Some consumers also burn candles in the home that create both indoor air pollution and soil surfaces that the particles come into contact with, according to Kretchman. In some cases, fragrances produce the same effects as secondhand cigarette smoke, according to an article by Christy De Vader
and Paxson Barker presented at the 2009 American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences conference. “It’s just creating indoor air pollution that doesn’t need to be there,” Kretchman said. Like anything in life, every product provides benefits and consequences, according to Martin. “There’s risk to everything,” Martin said. “Choose your risk and be smart about it.”
University Theatre launches series of summer productions Chelsey Winstead Staff Writer
School may be out for the summer, but University Theatre is still busy with TheatreFest 2014 running from May 29 to June 29. This summer’s featured plays are the comedy There Goes the Bride by Ray Cooney and John Chapman, Walking Across Egypt by Catherine Bush and the mystery Death by Design by Rob Urbinati. University program specialist Nancy Breeding said the process of choosing the scripts for TheatreFest 2014 was patron centered. “The TheatreFest shows that we do involve both students and community performers,” Breeding said. “It broadens what we can offer during the year because it can bring in community and give us a wide range of actors. Our patrons seem to like more mysteries and comedies.” Opening up the plays to community casting allows for those students who do stick around for the summer an awesome opportunity to work with different theater amateurs and professionals, according to Breeding. “There are not many students around in the summer so a lot of
the students that are here either live in the area or are the more experienced students that are hanging out around here for the summer,” Breeding said. “We do not get the turn out in summer of students that we do during the year.” The three shows run in a rotation. The Jazz-Age-based comedy There Goes the Bride was the first to open May 29 and remaining show dates are June 7, 8, 11 and 13. The heartwarming adaption from North Carolina native Clyde Edgerton’s novel Walking Across Egypt opens June 5, with the following shows scheduled to run June 6, 8, 12, 14, 15, 18, 21 and 22. The who-done-it murder comedy Death by Design opens June 19 and has performances on June 20, 22 and 25–29. “It is a really busy crunch of a two-month period trying to get everything built and ready,” Breeding said. One might hear a bit of grumbling from the tech and show teams in regards to managing the different sets, props and costumes for the separate plays, according to Breeding. The process for picking scripts started in the fall with the creative teams and directors reading scripts and sharing notes with one another.
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University Theatre portrays a scene from There Goes the Bride, above, during TheatreFest 2014.
Breeding said a different selection process was taken to select Walking Across Egypt. “We actua l ly discovered it through a mailer from the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Va., and contacted Catherine Bush directly about being able to produce,” Breed-
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ing said. “It was a really, really good script and I think it is going to be a really, really good show.” TheatreFest 2014 performances are being held in the Titmus Theatre and the Kennedy-McIlwee Studio Theatre in Thompson Hall. Evening shows start at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday
matinees start at 2 p.m. Late seating is not permitted. To reserve tickets, call Ticket Central at 919-515-1100. Prices for N.C. State students are $5 including tax. Tickets are $15 for seniors and $17 for adults. A “Pick Two” offer is priced at $29.
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Larry Blanton has been the director of the Honors Program for 11 years. He plans to step down at the end of June.
Honors Program director reflects on 11 years of growth Kevin Schaefer Features Editor
After serving for 11 years as the first permanent director of N.C. State’s University Honors Program, Larry Blanton will be stepping down from this position at the end of the month. Blanton, who is also a professor of plant biology, will return to the College of Agriculture and Life and Sciences as the Director of Graduate Programs in Plant Biology. With more than a decade of experience and having witnessed numerous changes over the years, Blanton said he is eager to see someone else fill his shoes and take the program forward. Blanton began his tenure as director in 2003, at a time when the Honors Program was just getting started. With only a small number of students and nothing more than a vision to guide them, Blanton and his colleagues worked long and hard to improve the program. “When the program first started, it was a little too much like the University Scholars Program,” Blanton said. “We decided that we would emphasize to incoming students that the Honors Program is about research and scholarship, and University Scholars is a program of enrichment. That allowed the Scholars Program to fo-
cus on what they do best, and allowed us to focus on what we do best.” Aside from implementing this, Blanton said his role shifted to explaining the program’s goal to prospective students. “It’s a bit of a tough sell to your average high school student,” Blanton said. “From the high school perspective, getting across that notion of what research and scholarship mean, and particularly in disciplines beyond the
“The trick is to facilitate their ideas and make them happen,” Larry Blanton, University Honors Program director
sciences, can be difficult. It’s always a tough sell to, say, an accounting major. The focus is to get that message out.” The program’s first run in 2003 consisted of approximately 95 students, Blanton said. Now, the entering class for the fall of 2014 is just short of 200. “That’s been the big thing, is to focus on the flowering and the vision of research and what that really means,” Blanton said. “It’s our job to build the excitement level of students and build reten-
tion. As with everything, you sort of start with survival. At the beginning it was sort of just getting things to move forward, and then after that you’re able to start to pursue new and interesting things, interesting and unusual student research projects.” In terms of managing the ideas of the program’s students, Blanton said this is one of his primary goals. “The trick is to find ways to facilitate their ideas and make them happen,” Blanton said. “We once had a community outreach project that a student from another seminar I was teaching had the idea for. She was interested in doing something to impact math and science education.” Knowing that they wanted to make this a sustainable project and have it involve other students from the Honors Program, Blanton and his colleagues talked with some of their campus partners who worked in the College of Education. After meeting with a number of directors and various departments, they were able to get the project on its feet, and it’s still in operation to this day. “Once that got going, one project led to the next,” Blanton said. Blanton said several students within the program are working on publishing an undergraduate research journal, which they hope to
release in the fall. Blanton also said that many student ideas are facilitated by Aaron Stoller, the program’s associate director. Once students bring their project ideas to him, he and Blanton start the process of moving the projects forward. “A lot of the program is about having the right people group at the right time, the sort of pioneering types who are going to make things happen,” Blanton said. “Now that we’re more mature, we’re really trying to expand our horizons and go more in depth.” Yet despite the success of the Honors Program, Blanton stated that there have been significant drawbacks. The biggest is acquiring a substantial amount of financial support for the program. “It always comes down to money,” Blanton said. “The program was actually very well-funded at the beginning. And to a certain extent, just because of the way budgets work, it was a matter of resorting things around.” Blanton said the main reason budget restraints are disappointing is because he and his colleagues know what the program is capable of. Without the proper financial support, the program’s seminars and student projects are more limited. He also said finances continue to be a struggle to this day. Yet money is not the only
problem. Blanton said that a prominent struggle is to have a diversity of majors represented within the program. “It’s been an ongoing challenge to expand outside the sciences,” Blanton said. “There are a couple of problems that factor into that. One is getting across the notion to a prospective humanities student about why the honors program would be beneficial to them. Yet because there are several entry points into the program that aspect helps provide more diversified majors.” Blanton said one of the reasons he felt it was a good time to leave is because more integration to the university fabric is difficult, given that N.C. State is college-centered. The Honors Program mainly composed of engineering students, and there is a continual under-representation of education and economics majors. “Our ideal goal is for the diversified majors within our entering class to be reflective of the percentages of the university’s entering class,” Blanton said. In terms of whether a new director has been selected, Blanton said they are still in the process of interviewing candidates for the position. Although his last day is currently scheduled to be June 30, Blanton said he will stay until a new director is officially hired. Blanton said he CALS 8.5%
PCOM 6% DESIGN 2.5% TEXTILES 5.3%
Demographics of students by majors within the University Honors Program
hopes the Honors Program will continue to thrive and receive strong support after he resigns. Aaron Stoller, the assistant director of the University Honors Program, also expressed his gratitude toward Blanton. “He has had a massive impact not only on the program, not only on the program but also on the University during this time,” Stoller said. “He is the first director, and so he has really shaped the foundation of everything the program is.” “Always the most rewarding experience is working with the students,” Blanton said. “You get this kind of vicarious success where you see them from this very early stage, and where they’re at a point where they’ve got something but aren’t quite sure what they want to do. Then you see them go on to do all these great things, and that’s amazing. It’s the hardest thing to leave.”
DEMOGRAPHICS OF STUDENTS WITHIN THE UNIVERSITY HONORS PROGRAM: • • • • • • • • • •
CALS (8.5%) - 72 Design (2.5%) - 21 Education (1.4%) - 12 Engineering (42%) - 356 Natural Resources (2%) -14 CHASS (12.7%) - 108 Sciences (18.6%) -158 Textiles (5.3%) - 29 PCOM (6%) -51 FYC/Environmental Sciences (3.2%) -27
• SCIENCES 18.6%
SOURCE: UNIVERSITY HONORS PROGRAM
NATURAL RESOUCES 2%
TOTAL STUDENTS IN UHP: 643
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going through professional treatment and training, so there really isn’t an ‘off’ day.” For Wannemuehler, Duvernay and Donovan, having the camp in Raleigh was a massive benefit. “It was huge,” Wannemuehler said. “Obviously I felt comfortable. I didn’t have to fly, which was nice, just a mile-and-a-half to the hotel. With guys flying in from all around the country and even some guys coming from overseas, training where I train every day was really nice.” In the match versus the RailHawks, Wannemuehler found himself up against former N.C. State attacking midfielder Nazmi Albadawi, who now plays professionally with the RailHawks. “We’re still ver y good friends,” Wannemuehler said. “It’s different because, since I’ve known him, we’ve never not been on the same team. However, he supports me with the U-20s and I support him as he’s just started out on his professional career. It was a really neat experience.” Playing alongside Donovan and Duvernay in the U-20s’ defense was also special for Wannemuehler, as these players will soon be teammates at N.C. State. “Conor is a very mature
play and mature guy for his age,” said Wannemuehler when asked about whether he has become a mentor to the future Wolfpack players. “Caleb is, too, but Conor is extremely professional and demands a lot from himself, so I’ve learned a lot from him while he’s picked up on how we do things at State from me.” Duvernay, the youngest of the three, gets the benefit of Donovan’s leadership and Wannemuehler’s experience, according to Wannemuehler. Wit h Wa nnemueh ler already a starter, and the national-level quality of Duvernay and Donovan arriving along with highquality players from all over the country, State’s future is both strong and experienced. Adding these players to the existing core group can only increase the possibilities of making it to the NCAA tournament. “We’re really gelling well as a group,” Wannemuehler said. “Our chemistry starts off the field, because that’s where we spend most of our time together. Once we start to trust each other there, on-the-field things just get better. Our expectations are to make the tournament, and anything can happen from there.”
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younger runners on the team. “I told them to focus on the plan that Coach Geiger gave us because a lot of times you can get caught up in what some of the websites say,” Colley said. On the field, State had three athletes competing in the women’s discus. Junior Tremanisha Taylor and sophomore Nicole Chavis each finished outside of the top 20, and sophomore SeQuoia Watkins came up big for the Pack with a throw of 54.98 meters, good enough for sixth in the competition and a spot in Nationals. Not only did Watkins’ throw earn a trip to Eugene, it also landed her in the N.C. State record books, breaking her previous school record by one inch. After the competition, Watkins revealed her secret to tossing discus better than any woman in N.C. State history. “I went and got my nails done,” Watkins said. In seriousness, Watkins has earned two consecutive berths to Nationals in her two years with the Pack. Geiger said at this rate, Watkins could break her own record many more times. “In the throwing events, you get better with time,” Geiger said. “I expect her
to hit the 190-foot range in time.” Though her fellow throwers all came up short in the competition, Watkins said with the experience gained from this trip to Regionals, her, Taylor and Chavis can be quite the formidable trio next year. “We’re going to come out a lot stronger than we did this year,” Watkins said. “Now we know what to expect.” In the jumps, two names have stood out for the Pack all season long: sophomores Alexis Perry and Jonathan Addison. Both were ranked in the top 15 in long jump entering the three-day event, with Perry at No. 4. When the dust settled, Perry was one-half of an inch short of a trip to Oregon. Addison, however, was able to make a trip to the podium, finishing third in the men’s competition and setting a personal best in the process. Addison had to overcome controversy before his jump, as a weather delay kept him sidelined for four hours. “I was pretty nervous; I didn’t know if I would get an ample amount of time to warm up,” Addison said. “It ended up working out. I got plenty of time to warm up, and my nervousness changed to adrenaline. I was really pumped when I started.” Addison will be making his first trip to Nationals. Though he only qualified for long jump, the Raleigh native
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Sophomore Jonathan Addison leaps into the sand pit during his long jump at the Raleigh Relays March 28, 2014. Jonathan jumped a personal best 25’4.75” placing him in third at the meet and earning him a ticket to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships next week.
also finished 19th in the high jump. Addison said he hopes to qualify for Nationals in both sports in the future. “In the second half of the season, we focused mostly on long jump,” Addison said. “When I get back to doing high jump again, it should improve.” Despite only qualifying
three, Geiger said he saw good things from all of his athletes. “They’re all young, they’re all underclassmen,” Geiger said. “They’ll use the competition as a learning experience and next year will perform at a higher level.”
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TRACK & FIELD
Pack has rough weekend at NCAA Men’s tennis coaching staff gains experienced assistant The NC State men’s tennis team has added Steve Smith to the coaching staff as a volunteer assistant coach. Head coach Jon Choboy made the announcement, applauding Smith’s knowledge and experience. Choboy and Smith have known each other for around 25 years. Smith developed the first accredited tennis curriculum and de gre e plan at Tyler Junior College in Tyler, Texas, and has spent his life teaching and instructing the game. Smith coached some 12 students to NCAA National Championships, and has experience teach in over forty states and thirty countries.
NC State third baseman named Freshman AllAmerican NC State baseball team third baseman Andrew Knizner became one of seven ACC Louisville Slugger Freshmen AllAmericans, the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper announced Wednesday. Moreover, Knizner was one of f ive freshmen ACC players to also earn an all-ACC mention in addition to all-American honors Knizner, who finished with a batting average of .330 with 11 doubles, four home runs, one triple, and 47 RBIs, is a third-team All-ACC selection. The Glen Allen, Va. native will play summer ball with the Wareham Gatemen in the Cape Cod Baseball League.
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The NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Regional Championships, which took place May 29–May 31, brought disappointment for N.C. State, as the Wolfpack saw only three of its 17 participants qualify for the NCAA Nationals Championships in Eugene, Ore. June 11. In a competition where the top 12 athletes in each event advanced to Nationals, State boasted six competitors ranked in the top 12 in the region. However, only three managed to move on to the next round in a three-day event filled with upsets. “It was frustrating,” head coach Rollie Gei-
ger said. “We had a couple athletes fall short; I certainly thought they would be in the NCAAs. It’s a tough game.” On the track, the Pack has excelled in distance running throughout the season. Redshirt senior Andrew Colley and redshirt sophomore Graham Crawford were both ranked in the top seven in the men’s 5,000-meter, and junior Joanna Thompson was ranked No. 10 in the women’s 10,000-meter. However, Crawford and Thompson fell short in each of their two events, and at the end of the day, Colley was the only Wolfpack runner heading to Eugene. The Williamsburg, Va. native cruised to a 10th-place finish in the 5,000-meter, with a time of 14:14.34. In his four years with the Pack, Colley has advanced to Nationals three times.
“It’s different every time, but the goal the same,” Colley said. “It’s getting to be a routine at this point.” Colley, an all-time great in the State running community, finished seventh overall in the NCAA Cross Country Championships in the fall and will look to end his career with the Pack in style. “I’m going to go out there and put myself in the mix,” Colley said. “I’m not going to be in the background in someone else’s race, but be up there in the front with the guys trying to win.” Though he was the only runner to qualify for Nationals, Colley said he saw potential in the
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Johnson provides needed depth in San Francisco Zack Tanner Sports Editor
The San Francisco 49ers has a solid defense. In the 2013 season, the 49ers ranked fourth in opponent rushing yards per game and seventh opponent passing yards per game. However, there is always room to improve in a conference filled with the best defenses in the NFL. In the 2014 NFL Draft, San Francisco took former N.C. State defensive back Dontae Johnson in the fourth round with the 129th overall pick. The 49ers have had a recent history of signing defensive backs. The team’s past two firstround picks have been defensive backs: safeties Eric Reid of Louisiana State in 2013 and Jimmie Ward of Northern Illinois in 2014. Though these picks have undoubtedly strengthened the San Francisco secondary, Johnson’s arrival provides a different type of aid for the team. The former Wolfpacker may be the very definition of versatility. In high school, Johnson started at safety for Pennington Prep. At State, the New Jersey native switched to cornerback, but
would occasionally revert to his high school position when needed. With safeties Reid and Antoine Bethea in line to start at the safety spots, Johnson will likely get his first shot at playing time slotted in the cornerback position. In a press conference following the draft, Johnson said he would be satisfied with whatever the 49ers’ coaching staff asked of him. “They just want me to come in and just be able to compete, bring in a great work ethic,” Johnson said. “Just get out there and compete and compete at corner. That’s just what I’ve been told. I’m going to go out there and play corner and it’s going to be great.” Johnson also has a history with 49ers’ head coach Jim Harbaugh; when Johnson was a senior in high school, Harbaugh offered him a scholarship to Stanford. However, Johnson declined, as he said Palo Alto, Calif. was simply “too far from home.” The familiarity between the two plays strongly in Johnson’s favor. If he puts in the effort in camp, Wolfpack fans may see a familiar face in the San Francisco backfield as early as Week 1.
Senior cornerback Dontae Johnson and redshirt sophomore safety Hakim Jones jump for a chest bump after an interception by Jones during the third quarter against Duke Nov. 9.
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Wolfpack sophomore Travis Wannemuehler and incoming freshmen Caleb Duvernay and Conor Donovan all took part in a recent Under-20 U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team Camp, hosted by N.C. State from May 17–25. The U-20 team, coached by State alumnus Tab Ramos, played friendlies against the North American Soccer League professional side Carolina RailHawks, the RailHawks’ U-23 side and the Wilmington Hammerheads. Donovan and Duvernay both played significant minutes in the scrimmages. “Conor’s been in pretty much every youth national team camp for the last couple of years,” N.C. State head coach Kelly Findley said about his new center back. “So, despite playing in a professional stadium in front of family and friends, I didn’t expect him to be nervous. He played really well and showed why he’s a part of the U-20s.” Findley was similarly impressed with Duvernay, a quick and combative left back making his debut with the national team pool. “I was very impressed with Caleb,” Findley said. “I thought he
Sophomore forward Travis Wannemuehler takes off down the field on a break away against UNC-Wilmington August 24. The Wolfpack tied the Seahawks 1-1 during its exhibition match at Dail Soccer Stadium.
played very well, and he handled his emotions very well. This was his first national team camp, and he was starting against a professional side in his hometown in front of family and friends.” In Duvernay and Donovan, Findley has players capable of challenging the experienced incumbents already on the team. “The best thing about having great players coming in is that they
push everyone in the team already,” Findley said. “That’s something I’m looking forward to. I think, and to quote Chelsea head coach José Mourinho, ‘Players make decisions for coaches.’ These two guys and the rest of the incoming class will make our team much better.” For midfielder Wannemuehler, who played as a right defender for the U-20s, each call up to the national team pool is a chance to grow
and demonstrate professionalism. “While coach Findley and the staff do a great job of maintaining a professional standard, we are still collegiate athletes,” Wannemuehler said. “NCAA rules mean we have to take days off, but with the U-20s it’s a true professional atmosphere. Even if you have an ‘off’ day you’re still
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